Restaurant and bar openings and events in NYC

Peruse Time Out's list of the best food and drinking events in New York City this week.



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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

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Chow down on swine-centric plates at this honky-tonk bash, featuring live bluegrass and brown-spirits seminars with master distillers. Restaurants—including Tres Carnes, Mexicue and Butcher Bar—will serve pork-y plates like char-siu tacos and bacon mac-and-cheese, alongside a whole-hog roast.

  1. The Tunnel 269 Eleventh Ave, between 27th and 28th Sts
  2. Sat Jan 24
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Hot Chocolate Festival

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Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February. The lineup won’t be announced until late January but previous year’s highlights

  1. City Bakery 3 W 18th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10003
  2. Sun Feb 1 - Sat Feb 28
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New York City Winter Wine Festival

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Prepare your palate for this grapecentric festival, where you can taste more than 200 wine selections under one roof. Choose a session (3–6pm or 8–11pm), collect a complimentary crystal glass and sip your way through more than 250 offerings from 12 different countries. Those who want to

  1. Best Buy Theater 1515 Broadway, at 44th St
  2. Sat Feb 7
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Whisky Live

Whiskey enthusiasts can find many of the world's best producers under one roof at this festival featuring more than 100 varieties of the brown spirit. Sip unlimited samples from a gratis Glencairn crystal glass, and sit in on educational master classes ($10 each) with reps from distillers like

  1. Chelsea Piers (Pier 60) W 23rd St, at the Hudson River
  2. Wed Feb 25
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Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

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  • Free

Frankfurter fanatics will again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, will battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow

  1. Nathan's Famous 1310 Surf Ave, at Stillwell Ave, 11224
  2. Sat Jul 4
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Tuesday's must-see concerts

David Murray Cuban Ensemble at BirdlandThe ever-eclectic tenor star heads up his latest blockbuster project, a midsize group inspired by Nat King Cole's Spanish songs. Check out Andrew Friscano's rave review of the Cuban Ensemble's set at this past weekend's Winter Jazzfest. Falu at Joe's Pub at

Where to celebrate Burns Nights

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Scotland's national poet, Robert "Rabbie" Burns, turns 253 this month, and there's no better way to celebrate the legendary bard than with an evening of whiskey, bagpipes and Scottish grub. Here are three spots that'll be rolling out the tartans in honor of Burns Night (officially tomorrow, but

Photos: Super Bowl party, Patriots edition

Any sports fans who are rooting on their squad in enemy territory know the potential hazards of supporting the home team's opponent. On Sunday, devoted New England fans (and a few instigators in Giants paraphernalia) gathered at Professor Thom's, a slice of Beantown in the East Village. A crowd of

Your $30 Saturday: East Village

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Get ready for some inexpensive weirdness! the Merchant's House Museum currently has an exhibition about the oddest Victorian fad we've yet come across: postmortem photography. That's photography of newly dead corpses placed in poses to appear lifelike; you know, for those times when a Banksy print

Your $30 Saturday: Sunset Park

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Your $30 Saturday starts in Sunset Park. Go for a ramble through the beautiful green space, making sure you check out the first-class views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. Also worth a gander: the September 11 Living Memorial, a grove of 45 trees planted in an oval. At 4pm head to

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